Memory Man : Amos Decker

  • by David Baldacci
  • Narrated by Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Series: Amos Decker
  • 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The next novel from the best-selling crime author David Baldacci. Amos Decker is a former professional football player whose career was ended by a terrible hit. Now a police detective, Amos is still haunted by a side effect from the accident he can never forget.
One night Decker comes home from a stakeout to find his wife, young daughter, and brother-in-law horrifically murdered. Obviously scarred and nearly broken, Decker has to use his skills as a detective and his unusual brain capacity to try to catch the monster who killed his family.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Memory Man is the latest release from best-selling crime author David Baldacci and is a hair-raising unabridged crime thriller audiobook narrated by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy. Listeners are kept hanging on to every word as Amos Decker, once professional football player now police detective, embarks on a mission using a very unique gift and exceptional detective skills to find the person responsible for brutally murdering his family. The twisting plot in this audio makes it utterly absorbing. Listeners will be searching for clues as much as Decker himself. Available from Audible now.

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Customer Reviews

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My first and last Baldacci book - bad narration.

What did you like best about Memory Man? What did you like least?

There is much to like about the start of Memory Man - it's an interesting premise, but surely we've seen 'damaged ex-policeman' about a million times. Yes, Baldacci puts a neat twist on things and the kick off for the story keeps you interested but it's like a crime thriller for idiots - everything is explained and re-explained over and over.
You know those bad US tv shows/movies where everything is verbalised so no-one misunderstands anything? It's like that and it's infuriating.


How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Story was ok - really conveluted though and utterly propsterous.


How could the performance have been better?

Performance/narration was very annoying. Firstly, the main guy reading was far too old. Some of the speech even sounds a little slurred at times. Secondly and inexplicably, every now and then a different guy says a line or two. Not speech or anything, just a random line. It's almost like the first guy missed out some lines and the second guy was filling in. It could be they made an abridged version and just added the missed out lines with a new guy. Terrible. Finally, I liked the fact that the women's parts were played by a woman, but the recording sounds like it took place at a different time and place with unrealistic gaps during talking scenes. Just bad.


Could you see Memory Man being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

This should not be a tv series, if it is it'll be one of those bad crime shows like NCIS or Criminal Minds where everything is spelled out for you.


Any additional comments?

I'm usually pretty forgiving with books i read and I like to read a lot of different genres, but this is not a good book, made worse by poor narration choices. I felt like giving a good crime thriller a go, but this is not good.
On the plus side, I did sit through the entire thing as I had to know what happened, but I doubt I'll be getting another Baldacci novel.

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- A. Smythe

Memory Man means he's done it again

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I definitely would once again David Baldacci has created a really extraordinary set of characters in this book which I hope is only the first in a series.The plot is well done. The central character is unusual and totally engaging. The whole book is well written and gripping.I am an avid fan of his Camel Club series, Will Robbie books and the Puller series and it appears that once again he has found the magic which seems to drip from his pen.


What other book might you compare Memory Man to, and why?

I compare this book to a Jack Reacher book. In some obvious ways the central characters have some similar traits but this man is more solitary


What does Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I love this duo reading style. The readers are an essential part of any audio book, make the wrong choice and a book can be ruined but these two are perfect in my opinion.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I think the most moving part of the book is when Capt Miller comes to Amos's room while he is trying to decide if he should commit suicide. His straight talking is touching but unsentimental


Any additional comments?

I am waiting eagerly for more books from this author generally and in this series particularly.

This is a fabulous read

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- Mrs. S. A. Lynch

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-04-2015
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.